Attorney, court argue over who pays for eval

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Courts > Geisik was charged with criminal contact with minor

By Tris DeRoma

Determining responsibility over who should pay for a psychological evaluation seems to be the main hold up to a Los Alamos man being sentenced for his crimes.
In May 2014, Stephen Geisik of Los Alamos was found guilty of on two counts of criminal contact with a child under the age of 18 and count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
However, after the trial, Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer requested a psychological evaluation of the defendant. In November, the court ruled that the evaluation, which was arranged by Geisik’s defense attorney, Sydney West and paid for through the public defender’s office, was not comprehensive enough.
Another evaluation was ordered in December and that time, Judge Sommer ordered that the District Attorney’s Office pay for it.
Assistant District Attorney Kent Wahlquist filed a motion in January disputing the order, citing a 1987 New Mexico Supreme Court order that states the agency that asks for an expert witness to testify shall be responsible for the fees.
In this case, that agency is the First Judicial District Court. Wahlquist further clarified his point in his January motion.

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